FAQ

FAQ

Frequently answered questions

What is a young carer?

A young carer is a child aged between 6 – 18 years who has a caring responsibility for a loved one they live with. Their caring responsibility will often be supporting a parent or sibling who has an impairment such as physical disability, mental health issues, substance misuse problems and / or other limiting conditions including terminal illness. Young carers are often isolated and encounter more barriers when trying to achieve positive things throughout their childhood.

Who are Cheshire Young Carers?

We are an independent charity supporting some of the approximate 8,000 young carers across the whole of Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East. We strive to reduce the impact on children who have caring roles, and help young carers have the same chances as other children their age.

What support does Cheshire Young Carers offer?

Cheshire Young Carers offers support for young carers through regular respite, fantastic school holiday programmes and we have an extensive education support programme where we help schools to identify and work with young carers to improve their life chances and educational outcomes. Cheshire Young Carers also have experience in delivering one to one support, helping families to access better support and improve their home life where possible. If there is a way we can support young carers or advocate on their behalf, we will always try to help where realistically possible.

How do I refer a child to Cheshire Young Carers?

Referring to our service is easy, any young carer can access our activities and support!
Simply fill in the form below and send it back via our referral page.

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“ The Fly Day was SO AMAZING! cannot thank the CYC team, the pilots, police helicopter staff and support staff enough for this fantastic opportunity for all my boys. Nothing was too much trouble, everyone did so much to make them feel special, and give them such happy memories. They learnt a lot. To have an event that the whole family could share in was fab. To see my 13year old autistic son go from being too scared to fly to going up and actually flying the plane- “thank you” doesn’t even begin to cover it. ”

Parent

“ Cheshire young carers are amazing. They have helped my girls through some very tough times. The staff are amazing, I class them as friends. Nothing is too much trouble and they are always at the end of a phone if needed. Thank you so much. ”

Parent

“ My son attends young carers and I have to say what an absolute amazing charity this is, it gives the young carers some fantastic opportunities which they may never have had experienced without the charity. Hats off to all the staff they are all welcoming and caring towards the young carers and it's them that make the charity and of course all the lovely kind donations. ”

Parent

“ Joining CYC as a volunteer in May of last year has enabled me to rebuild the confidence I’d felt I had lost in supporting young people. When I started with CYC my confidence had hit rock bottom and I wasn’t sure how I’d get on but working with CYC and the young carers has given me back some of that confidence I’d lost as well as being an absolute joy to support you all with what you do so thank you. ”

Volunteer

“ A huge thank you to all the team who work so hard to arrange these events- what an amazing opportunity for the children! ”

Parent

“ What a fantastic programme this Summer! Many thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to organise or contribute to it. Thank you again. ”

Parent

“ Today's Trip our guests were Cheshire Young Carers our guests gave us a couple of thank you cards at the end of the trip, first time that has happened, and it was very kind of them to do that. It was an absolute pleasure to have such a lovely group of people on the boat. ”

Wirral Narrowboat Community Trust

“ Thank you for giving Dominic this great experience, he has had an amazing time and says he didn’t want to come home!! he is still buzzing about it. Thank you for helping me in helping him to gain more independence and life skills. He loved the zip wire activity and the body boarding and was full of educational facts about the hidden garden. He wants us to all go as a family. ”

Parent

“ Cheshire young carers do a fab job helping and supporting their young carers in their roles and also helping them to be kids again. My daughter’s confidence has grown so much since attending these sessions. From the bottom of my heart I thank Cheshire young carers and children adventure farm trust for everything you do. she has just arrived home and had an amazing time. ”

Parent

“ We have a fantastic group of Young Carers staying with us this week from around Cheshire. I've been lucky to spend a little time today with 10 year old Caitlyn who helps to look after her twin brothers, one of whom has additional needs. Caitlyn talked so positively about taking on this role, it was clear that she's a caring young girl who loves to help. Cheshire Young Carers provides fortnightly sessions for these fantastic children, a time for them to play and have fun and to meet other children who are taking on a caring role. Caitlyn told me how much she loves these sessions and how great it is to spend time with other children who are 'helpful' too. We're honoured to offer these amazing children a break away from their caring roles in a supportive, fun and safe environment here at CAFT. These children deserve to be celebrated every day of the week, but especially today - National Siblings Day today. We're in awe of these caring young children and it's an honour to spend time with them during their stay. ”

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